Photos from the 2016 County convention


Before the meeting


Michael Morgan, Superior Court judge in Wake County and candidate for the N.C. Supreme Court


About 40 people attended the convention.


Dean C. Smith, our guest speaker, gave a legal analysis of HB2, North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill.” Smith is a legal historian and is assistant professor of media law and First Amendment history at High Point University.


Charlie Wallin, 5th District Democratic chairman and candidate for the U.S. Congress in the 5th District.



Our candidates at the coal ash hearing


Four of our Democratic candidates attended the coal ash hearing March 24 in Danbury. The public hearing, called by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, was held to receive public comments on the plan for coal ash cleanup at the Belews Creek Steam Station. About 150 people were at the hearing.

Rev. Gregory Hairston

Eugene Russell

Michael Hylton and Michael Holleman


Candidates’ forum at Hanging Rock


On January 28, we invited all the candidates who are running this year, from the county level up to the U.S. Congress, to a candidates’ forum at Hanging Rock State Park. The meeting room was packed, and all the candidates who were invited attended.

The candidates who attended were:

Stokes County commissioner: Rev. Greg Hairston, and Michael Hylton. Two seats are open, so there will not be a Democratic primary for these seats.

N.C. House 91st District: Eugene Russell of Mayodan in Rockingham County has filed for this seat. There will not be a Democratic primary for this seat.

N.C. Senate 30th District: Michael Holleman of Wilkesboro has filed for this seat. There will not be a Democratic primary for this seat.

U.S. House of Representatives, 6th District: Three Democrats have filed for this seat: Bruce Davis of Guilford County, Pete Glidewell of Alamance County, and Jim Roberts of Surry County.

Note: It now appears that Stokes County will be moved back into the 5th District. We’ll have more information on that as the situation settles down.